Newly released FBI conversations reveal that former president Barack Obama wanted to be kept in the loop on the progress of an ongoing investigation — but it’s not yet clear which one.
While the first reports suggested the texts were in relation to the Hillary Clinton email case, later reports, citing sources close to the situation, said that the messages were related to the Russian meddling investigation.
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson has made public the conversations between FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page discussing their dislike for President Trump and their instructions to prepare talking points for Barack Obama about the case.
On September 2, 2016, Page texted Strzok that she was putting together talking points for then-FBI Director James Comey because “potus wants to know everything we’re doing,” according to NBC News.
Sen. Johnson (R-WI), who instructed the release of the text messages, said he is concerned about the contents of the messages, saying they raise “additional questions about the type and extent of President Obama’s personal involvement in the Clinton email scandal and the FBI investigation of it.”
The senator said not only was the potential bias from then-President Obama on the investigation a concern, but also the use of the language of the FBI employees against Trump, calling him a “menace” and saying they “can’t take that risk” of having a Donald Trump presidency.
According to the report, the Senate Homeland Security report plans to continue investigating the text messages and the involvement of FBI members and Obama in the Mueller case, including “the extent to which, any personal animus and/or political bias influenced the FBI’s investigation; Whether, and the extent to which, the Obama Department of Justice or White House influenced the FBI’s investigation; and Whether, and the extent to which, any personal animus and/or political bias.”
President Trump responded to the new information Wednesday, tweeting, “NEW FBI TEXTS ARE BOMBSHELLS!”
Additionally, Johnson also told NBC News that the new report raises “an awful lot of questions,” including “questions about some top-level managers in those departments.”
- Report from NBC News
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